Abedi Pele: Ghana Legend To Storm Ivory Coast As CAF Organises “AFCON Winning Captain’s Roundtable”

Abedi Pele: Ghana Legend To Storm Ivory Coast As CAF Organises “AFCON Winning Captain’s Roundtable”

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Ghana legend Abedi Pele will make a grand entry into Ivory Coast
  • He will attend the CAF "AFCON Winning Captain's Roundtable" event
  • The event serves as a precursor for the 2023 AFCON final on Sunday

Three-time African Footballer of the Year Abedi Ayew 'Pele' is set to storm Ivory Coast ahead of the Grand Finale of the soon-to-end 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

The 1982 AFCON winner will be a special guest at the AFCON Winning Captain's Roundtable, part of the prelude to the showdown between hosts Ivory Coast and Nigeria in the final match.

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Abedi Pele chasing a ball during Ghana's 2-1 win against Tunisia at 1996 AFCON. Photo by Gary M. Prior.
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Scheduled for Saturday, February 10, as reported by CAFOnline, this gathering aims to set an extraordinary ambience for the media leading up to Sunday’s grand finale.

Who are the AFCON Winning Captains Roundtable guests?

Among the esteemed AFCON-winning captains who will grace the roundtable event are iconic figures such as Ivorian midfielder Saint-Joseph Gadji-Celi, the revered Roger Milla of Cameroon, and South African luminaries Neil Tovey and Lucas Radebe.

Also in attendance will be recently appointed Egyptian national team coach Hossam Hassan, legendary Nigerian striker Nwankwo Kanu, and Tunisian great Riadh Bouazizi, adding to the prestige of the occasion.

Notably, while the event is labelled the "AFCON Winning Captain's Roundtable", not all individuals on the illustrious guest list claimed the continental title as captains.

It's worth highlighting that Kanu stands as the sole player in the lineup who never lifted the AFCON trophy despite five semi-final appearances and the heartbreak of Nigeria's loss to Cameroon on home soil in 2000, per GOAL.

Below is the comprehensive roster of captains slated to partake in this esteemed event:

Roger Milla (Cameroon)

Gadji Celi (Côte d’Ivoire)

Kanu Nwankwo (Nigeria)

Neil Tovey (South Africa) and Lucas Radebe (South Africa)

Hossam Hassan (Egypt)

Riadh Bouazizi (Tunisia)

Christopher Katongo (Zambia)

Joseph Yobo (Nigeria)

Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon)

AFCON 2023 winners predicted by Congo star

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations concludes on Sunday, February, with Nigeria and Ivory Coast set to clash in the final showdown.

Democratic Republic of Congo defender, Dylan Batubinsika shared his prediction for the highly anticipated match between the two West African powerhouses, as reported by Sports Brief.

At the Leopards' pre-match press conference before their third-place playoff against South Africa, Batubinsika acknowledged that predicting the final outcome would be challenging.

However, he pointed out that Ivory Coast holds the advantage of playing on their home turf, hinting at a potentially fierce contest between the two formidable teams.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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